Year in Review
Worst TV Moments 2016

2016 in Review: The 20 Scenes We Desperately Wish We Could Unsee

There’s must-see TV, and there’s must-scrub-from-your-memory TV. The moments in this list, somehow, fall under both categories.

The truth is, some of our favorite shows in 2016 were also responsible for sullying our brains with some of the grossest, weirdest and all-around most uncomfortable moments in recent memory.

Do we wish we never saw poor Vanessa being force-fed on Penny Dreadful? Yes. Do we wish we never saw Sheila give Gerald a golden shower on South Park? Absolutely. Would we go back in time and stop Jimmy Fallon from playing with Donald Trump’s hair? You betcha! 

But in the interest of year-end retrospectives, we’re giving these gross-out moments one more look.

So browse our gallery of the 2016 TV moments we wish we could unsee — click here for direct access — then drop a comment with the moments you’ll never be able to forget (for worse or… even worse.)

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Super-Fan says:

    Yeah, too many to count on Walking Dead this year, but no way Glenn’s death should not have been #1 this year.

  2. Matt C. says:

    I personally think Glenn vs. Lucille was much more disturbing to watch than the iron scene. Also, I would include the reveal of Wes’ burnt body under the sheet on How to Get Away With Murder. It’s been weeks since that episode aired and I still can’t get that image out of my head!

    • Angela says:

      Agreed on Wes’ body. Yeesh.
      I’d also add Norma from “Bates Motel”-after her death, and after Norman had dragged her body back home, he glued her eyes open, and the look in her eyes haunted me for a long time afterward. Creepy as hell.

  3. Kevin says:

    Those moments makes people cringe or vomit.

  4. Johanna says:

    Vanessa Ives had the worst life ever.

  5. Gregory House. says:

    If you think trump’s appearance on Fallon was one of the darkest moments of television this year, you’re one of the reasons he won.
    Get a grip.

  6. Common Sense says:

    Slide 5/20: Who could forget that Dec. 16th episode of Hawaii Five-0? I remember it like it was 5 days from now…

  7. JenE says:

    I want to erase the first half of Once Upon a Time aka The Regina Show. Boring, cheesy, cringeworthy and an insult to every other actor on the show.

  8. SGfan says:

    That Younger scene horrified me, will never look at ‘Mr Schu’ the same again.

  9. RedReddington says:

    I will never get over Glenn’s eye popping out as Negan beat him to death. I still get sick to my stomach if I think about it. So gross..and sad.

  10. SG says:

    That episode of H50 hasn’t even aired yet. Silly Matt.

  11. GH Fan says:

    I would add Sabrina’s death on GH to the list. It was horrifically graphic for a daytime soap opera, watching her plead for her life while being strangled. I’ve been a lifelong fan of this show, but I’ve only casually watched since…

  12. Candace says:

    The scene in last week’s Scream Queens that showed Wes eating his hair. It made me want to throw up, yet I couldn’t look away.

  13. Caitlin says:

    Not sure why Donald Trump on Fallon is one of the worst TV moments but ok TVLine…

  14. Hurl says:

    Also, Taissa Farmiga’s death on this season of AHS.